Ottawa festivals receive $2.6-million in Celebrate Ontario funding

Fourteen Ottawa Festival Members receive a combined $2.6-million in grants from Celebrate Ontario, an annual program that helps new and existing festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services to grow Ontario’s tourism market.

The recipients of 2012 Celebrate Ontario funding have been announced, and this year the provincial government’s commitment to several Ottawa area festivals is over $2.6-million, marking an increase of over half a million dollars from last year’s investment.

The 14 Ottawa Festivals Members receiving grants include: Ottawa International Writers Festival, The Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa International Children’s Festival, Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, Festival franco-ontarien, Ottawa Folk Festival, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Music and Beyond, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Rideau Canal Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, and Winterlude.

“We are pleased that the province has recognized the tremendous socio-economic returns afforded by festivals and events,” says Barb Stacey, Executive Director of Ottawa Festivals, a not-for-profit organization representing more than 65 member events, “Festivals and events drive tourism, help animate the many cultural institutions located in Ottawa, and contribute greatly to enhancing our sense of place and community pride.”

About Ottawa Festivals

Ottawa Festivals is a not-for-profit organization that represents 65 not-for-profit festivals, special events and fairs that take place in Canada’s Capital Region. In partnership with the City of Ottawa, Employment Ontario and Trillium Foundation, the organization manages a number of programs to develop and sustain the industry and contribute to positive benefits that impact the community.